Monday, April 16, 2007


Just so you'll know:

Bryan Ferry, leader of Roxy Music, is not a Nazi lover. Reuters reports that Jewish leaders in Britain were upset after Ferry told a German newspaper that Nazi iconography was stunning:
"I'm talking about the films of Leni Riefenstahl and the buildings of Albert Speer and the mass marches and the flags -- just fantastic. Really beautiful."
Ferry has now issued a statement saying he apologizes "unreservedly for any offence caused by my comments on Nazi iconography, which were solely made from an art history perspective ... I, like every right-minded individual, find the Nazi regime, and all it stood for, evil and abhorrent."

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales gets a two-day reprieve from testifying before a Senate committee. He was scheduled to talk on Tuesday, but that's now slipped to Thursday in the wake of the Virginia Tech shooting spree. No matter; Gonzales has already confirmed that he will continue to deceive the public by claiming that he has "nothing to hide" and that "nothing improper" happened in the firings of several U.S. attorneys.

Chimps are more evolved than humans. Geneticists at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor have compared DNA sequences on genes shared by humans, chimps and rhesus macaques. New Scientist reports that researchers found "233 chimp genes, compared with only 154 human ones, have been changed by selection since chimps and humans split from their common ancestor about 6 million years ago."

The Pulitzers have been awarded for another year. No local media won. The list of winners includes the staff of the Oregonian, for breaking news; The Wall Street Journal, for public service; and no one from the Washington Post. In other Pulitzer news, Ornette Coleman wins the prize for music, crushing our dreams for another year.

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